The five members of PICA -– the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority -– voted unanimously to approve Mayor Nutter’s long-range budget despite misgivings over the slim surpluses and the looming cost of new union contracts.
PICA Board chairman Sam Katz says he wants more information from the Nutter administration about money the city would have to set aside for unresolved municipal labor contracts.
Katz voiced concern that sticker shock could be in store for young families who bought in to gentrifying neighborhoods. “And if en masse large numbers of them put ‘For Sale’ signs out, it’s going to drive the value of housing down,” Katz said.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, said Shakespeare, and that may be true at Philadelphia City Hall, where an old acronym for a city agency is getting replaced with a new one.
By a 4-to-1 vote, PICA signed off on Mayor Nutter’s five-year budget plan.
Aides to Mayor Nutter on Thursday spelled out a long list of cuts, including layoffs, that they say would be needed if the city loses its appeal of an arbitrator’s award to firefighters. The move prompted the PICA board to delay its vote on Nutter’s long-range budget.
If the city is not able to submit a plan that is eventually approved by PICA – the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority – it risks losing its state funding.
City Council passed a budget last month, but the Nutter Administration’s financial woes are from over. This coming week the mayor must deliver a long-range spending plan to state officials.
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Mayor Michael Nutter’s long-range budget has been approved by the state agency that watches over the city’s spending. But that approval came with some misgivings.
Former mayoral candidate Sam Katz, now settled in to his new role as head of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, is already raising questions about Mayor Nutter’s new long-range budget.
Mayor Nutter’s current budget proposal may get thrown out because of budget cuts at the state level.
After three-time mayoral candidate Sam Katz was sworn in, he was immediately elected chairman of the PICA Board. “It’s nice to finally win an election,” Katz said.